Rockford University is a four-year, co-educational institution founded in 1847 offering undergraduate and graduate degrees in traditional liberal arts and professional fields. Originally known as Rockford Female Seminary, the institution changed its name to Rockford College in 1892. Following an unanimous vote by the Board of Trustees, it was announced on October 2, 2012 that Rockford College would change to Rockford University on July 1, 2013. The change more accurately reflects the University's long established and increasingly diverse offerings, while also clearly defining its status within the Rockford and world communities.
Rockford University offers approximately 80 majors, minors and concentrations, including the adult accelerated degree completion program for a B.S. in Management Studies and a BSN-C bachelor's completion program in Nursing. Through its Graduate Studies department, degrees are extended to include the Master of Arts in Business Administration (MBA) and Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT). Rockford University is home to one of only 11 Phi Beta Kappa (PBK) chapters in Illinois, the most prestigious honor society in the United States. Named by The Princeton Review as a Best Midwestern College and one of only 81 colleges in the nation as a "College with a Conscience", Rockford University currently serves approximately 1,250 full-and part-time students.